Day 58: The Descent: Part 2 (2009)


I guess titles say a lot about a film. They can draw the viewer in like a siren singing the melodic song to attract sailors. They can be informative; telling the audience exactly what to expect. They can be catchy, like something out of a P.T. Barnum handbill or a Mark Twain witticism. Or they can be just plain boring. Such is the case with The Descent: Part 2. I should have considered myself warned.

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Day 56: The Crazies (2009)


Halloween (or, as my spell check wants to say, Hallowe’en) is fast approaching. Next week at this time, I will be running to the grocery store to buy the last bags of Hallowe’en candy. It is our first year in our new home, and we expect to have trick or treaters. However, when they see the second rate candy we will most likely be handing out (because all of the good stuff sold out by the time I am motivated to buy it), I am sure our house will be branded as the house with the bad treats. Neighbors will shun us. People will cross the street to avoid our house. Kids will throw eggs and rotten tomatoes at the front porch. Dogs will leave “presents” in our front lawn. All because I bought the wrong candy. No pressure. Yeah, I know I could go to the store early to guarantee the acquisition of acceptable candy, but I had stuff to do today. Stuff that included not being able to finish The Crazies. Sorry. Another one bites the dust.

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Day 52: Paranormal Activity (2007)


I love a good ghost story. You know those things that go bump in the night (well, those that aren’t your three-legged cat slinking towards her food dish)? Or those sounds you just can’t explain? Maybe you don’t want to peer into the mirror after dark for fear of what you may see looking back at you (No, I am not talking about your own reflection sans make-up)? I love all of those stories—predictable as they may be (what? The call was coming from inside the house?!). Usually, I like my ghost stories in the form of “true tales”–either told by someone I know about their experiences or reading about supposedly haunted places. I don’t know if it this geeky combination of history meets horror that peaks my interest, but I have a hard time passing up tales of the supernatural (and I could tell a tale or two myself…).

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Day 49: Fright Night (1985)


Well, Halloween is around the corner, and in honor of the holiday, I thought I would provide a refresher course on vampires. And while I don’t have a PhD in vampirism, I do consider myself an expert as I just watched Fright Night. In addition, I have read the entire Sookie Stackhouse series, have seen both Twilight and New Moon with the Rifftrax (and I quote from the brilliant commentary: “Eh, she’s lost already. Damn you disproportionately large high school for a town of three thousand!”), and have been bitten by a mosquito. So am I qualified? Yeah, I’d say I am pretty qualified.

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Day 44: Warlock (1989)


It’s the same old story. Girl meets warlock. Warlock curses girl with an aging spell. Girl meets witch hunter from the 1690s. Girl and witch hunter quest across America to retrieve all the pieces of a weird demonic book that could bring about the end of the world before the warlock finds them. Yadda yadda yadda. I am sure you have heard it a million times before.

 

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Day 37: The Burrowers (2008)


Ah, The Burrowers. What can I say about The Burrowers that hasn’t already been said? What, exactly?

 

The Burrowers was one of those films that just showed up in my queue. I have no idea how it got there. Maybe I was on a Clancy Brown kick and wound up adding a few of his films (I love me some Mr. Krabs, indeed I do). I had no idea what it was about (was I confusing this with The Borrowers?). All I know is that after watching The Burrowers, I feel a bit perplexed and a strong need to play some Red Dead Redemption.

 

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